Imbibe: Pete’s Place

“We want our customers to feel at home. Moreover, we want them to leave happy.” –Pete Ochab

Over the last thirty years, Pete’s Place has developed quite the serious following in and outside of the Downriver community. But, if you ask Pete himself, you will quickly find out that it wasn’t always this way. In fact, Pete’s Place started out with very humble beginnings. “In 1983, I was nineteen years old and I had big dreams of opening my own restaurant/local tavern. By December of that year, I had decided to make that dream a reality,” says owner Peter Ochab.

Entrepreneurial spirit spurring him on, Ochab opened up the very first location in Brownstown. “The first location was definitely on the smaller size, approximately 800 square feet and definitely required a lot of work to get things running smoothly,” Ochab remarks. With hardly any restaurant experience under his belt, Ochab worked tirelessly to make something of out practically nothing. “There was definitely a learning curve, but gradually I turned the site of a small, former Coney Island into something special–a restaurant that ran on home cooking concepts and only the freshest, local ingredients. With that particular vision in mind, after about six years, we were able to open up the second location in Taylor, where we also live up to our motto of ‘good food and fresh service,’” says Ochab.

Once inside either location – Brownstown or Taylor – it’s clear that Pete’s Place is truly all about quality food, great handcrafted drinks, an endless selection of beers, and creating an ambience of being at home with good friends. “We want our customers to feel at home. Moreover, we want them to leave happy,” Ochab explains. “That is why we offer two happy hours Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. It is also the reason we offer our beloved homemade chili served in a fresh baked bread bowl, which is made locally from Michigan Bread Co., and why we showcase local Michigan musical talent.”

In addition to being a well-loved place to go for affordable drinks and all of one’s chili, soup, or 1/3 pound burger needs, Pete’s Place believes in Michigan’s local musicians. “I always wanted Pete’s Place to be more than a restaurant or just another bar, so when we were able to we jumped at the chance to offer musical entertainment on Fridays. Now, I am proud to say that we showcase local musicians, who play a large catalog of music regularly,” Ochab says.

Ultimately, Pete’s Place is worth an appearance. The restaurant offers $3 flight boards, over 40 domestic and imported beers on draft, and handcrafted cocktails featuring Valentine Vodka from Detroit – just three more ways the restaurant brings diners back time and again.

Pete’s Place is located at 12245 Telegraph, Taylor. Please call 734-282-2100 or visit petestogo.com to learn more.